The European Commission on Thursday published its analytical reports on Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia’s alignment with the EU acquis, with Georgian officials and the bloc’s ambassador to Georgia describing the report as “positive” ahead of the EU’s upcoming decision whether or not to grant the country a membership candidate status.
The analytical reports provided a snapshot on the situation as regards the capacity of the three countries to fulfil the obligations of EU membership and also offered guidance on the work ahead under the different acquis chapters.
The bloc pledged to continue to provide Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia with guidance and support in this regard to help the three countries further align to EU standards and norms covering the entire EU acquis.
Pawel Herczynski, the EU ambassador to Georgia, on Friday congratulated the country on the “positive report”.
“Of course, in some areas, further progress needs to be made and here, of course, as the European Union, we are ready to help and to assist the country to move forward”, said the diplomat.
Responding to the report, PM Irakli Garibashvili said the document “clearly reflects our country's progress in the EU integration path and once again demonstrates that Georgia, as a top reformer, deserves to be granted a candidate status.
Irakli Kobakhidze, the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party said the report confirmed the country deserved the bloc’s candidate status last year, and pointed to a “political decision”.
He said the evaluation document of the European Commission “makes it clear that under the conditions of decision-making based on objective criteria, Georgia should definitely receive the status”.
Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili noted per the assessments prepared by the European Commission on the second part of the EU membership questionnaire, Georgia was the best among the trio countries in three out of six groups of questions,” including the most important, the so-called In the group of fundamental areas”.
He stressed the assessment “once again confirms that, in case of a merit-based decision, Georgia should have become a candidate state for EU membership last year, in June”.